Daily Search Forum Recap: August 5, 2008

Aug 5, 2008 - 5:00 pm 0 by

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Save the Date: SearchCamp Philly on September 6th and 7th
    The Internet Marketers of Delaware Valley are planning a great event on September 6th and 7th: SearchCamp Philly. During the two day event to be held at Temple University in Pennsylvania, there will be many great presentations from numerous notable speakers: Kevin Ryan, Geoff Livingston, Li Evans, Kim Krause Berg, Debbie Weil, Greg Meyers, Eric Herbert, Simon Heseltine, Donna McCarthy, and Wil Reynolds, among others. The event only costs $21, which is a bargain! As
  • Google Reader Bug Impacts Tags and Subscriptions
    A Google Reader user reports in Google Groups that folder management was previously an issue and that he was unable to change folders for any feed. Yesterday, Google acknowledged the problem, and about a half hour after that, Google said that they released a fix for the problem. Yesterday, another bug was reported by the Google Reader Guide, and this one hasn't yet been fixed. Google reports that "the ability to add tags and the
  • The Possible Google Penalties Associated With Bad 301 Redirects
    In a WebmasterWorld thread, the effects of 301 redirects are discussed. Can you be penalized? Apparently, the answer is yes. Tedster notes that a number of webmasters, when they discovered the potential of 301 redirects, "started throwing [them] around like confetti." The penalties were harsh and now he advises against using it. How bad are the penalties? Tedster says that they can be so bad that your domain could lose trust in Google's eyes --
  • Larry Page of Google's Private Home Shown on Google Street Views
    The National Legal and Policy Center released a compelling report about how Google is not respecting privacy. In one statement, Google said that they take privacy concerns very seriously. The NLPC was troubled when Google “Evangelist” Vint Cerf said "nothing you do ever goes away, and nothing you do ever escapes notice… There isn’t any privacy, get over it.” Is that true? The National Legal and Policy Center sought out to find the answer. According
  • Are The Best SEOs Not Taking on Client Work?
    There is an excellent paid only WebmasterWorld thread on the topic of why would the best SEOs decide to take on client work, as opposed to building out their own ideas and cashing in on those ideas. The rational is, if they are the best, why not make a living doing your own thing then making someone else rich? This debate really is valid in most "consulting" practices. But many SEOs get a thrill from
  • Google Redirects IP Specific Data Center Searches To Google.com
    There is a world of SEOs who continually search Google to track how their keyword phrases are ranking. But they do not just search the main Google.com page, they search each and every Google data center by IP address. A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Google is now redirecting some of these searches from the IP address to Google.com. I have confirmed this to be true, by following these steps: Go to in search phrase
  • Google News Tests One Column Of News Look
    A Google Groups thread reports some users noticing that Google News is testing a new look. The look is showing news formatted in a one column view, as opposed to two columns. One Google News user said: All of a sudden, the screen appearance of my Google page changed from 2 subjects across to one. This appears to be only on one computer. I can't figure out what theheck happened or how to fix it.

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